GLEN JEAN, W.Va. – The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve has announced that, starting Sept. 6, the park will move over to its autumn schedule.
The Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing and the Sandstone Visitor Center in Sandstone will be open all week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Thurmond Visitor Center will also be open through the end of October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Grandview Visitor Center will also be open weekends through the end of October, 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. All other park facilities will be open for the fall season.
The park will be open 24 hours a day, although some areas may be temporarily closed due to hazardous conditions. Ongoing closures can be found on the park’s webpage under “Alerts,” checking out www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/conditions.htm or visiting their social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The Ranger-guided walk and talk, Hidden History Happenings, will be present at sites throughout Southern West Virginia, Sept. 16-25. A calendar of park events for the season can be found at www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/programs.htm, though some programs require reservations.
“Autumn is an amazing time to explore parks,” said the park’s acting superintendent, Jason Newman. “The changing colors of the fall leaves draw people from near and far to see the beauty of the gorge, but this time of year is a fun time to explore the history of this area. Rich stories of people and communities can be found around every bend in the gorge. Special events like Hidden History Happenings highlight this region’s heritage.”